The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into Saturday’s incident of Jet Airways aircraft skidding off the runway and getting stuck in loose soil while landing at Indore airport. All 70 passengers including four crew members escaped unhurt in the mishap that occurred at around 7.50 pm, but the aircraft was damaged and the runway was closed for over three hours. Two Indore-bound flights were halted at Mumbai airport while departure of three flights from Indore was delayed.
“The DGCA has ordered an inquiry into the incident. The runway was cleared late Saturday night and normal operations resumed,” Indore airport director Manoj Chansoria told HT. The aircraft was pulled out of the muddy soil with the help of two tractors and normal operations resumed at around 11.15 pm.
Jet Airways Delhi-Indore flight 9W-2793 with 66 passengers and four crew members on board skidded off the runway while landing at Indore airport on Saturday evening. Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu and Sadhvi Ritambhara were on board.
According to reports, the 72-seater ATR aircraft of Jet Airways, which landed at Indore airport at around 7.50 pm, swayed in both directions, skidded off the runway and got embedded in loose soil adjacent to the runway on the left side.
“The pilots of Jet ATR aircraft were too shocked to give a statement. The runway was wet after rains lashed the city in the evening and this could be one of the reasons for the mishap, although the reason will come out only after an inquiry,” an airport official said requesting anonymity. All the crew members were sent to MY Hospital for medical check-up but the doctors refused to conduct a check up as they were not accompanied by police personnel.
A passenger Pankaj Agarwal, who was on board, said, “the landing was delayed and plane was facing turbulence in the air as the weather was bad and it was drizzling. Then, the plane landed with a thud, swayed in both directions before skidding off the runway and coming to an abrupt halt. We were asked to deplane without our luggage and emergency team of the airport soon arrived at the spot.”
The runway was closed after the mishap and some flights were diverted to Bhopal while the return Indore-Delhi flight 9W-2794 of Jet Airways was cancelled.